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The 2017 PSU Cleantech Challenge

A team comprised of students from McKay High School in Salem and Portland State University take home the big prize at this year's Cleantech Challenge for a project that turns waste plastic into funding for STEM programming at K-12 schools.
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Business Accelerator Company Profile: APDM

PSU spin-off company, APDM develops the world's most advanced motions monitoring technologies.
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Organization

Congratulations to Emeritus Applied Linguistics Faculty member Stephen Reder

Congratulations to Emeritus Faculty member Stephen Reder, a recipient of The 2017 National Coalition for Literacy Leadership Award. Read more here.

Portland State study tracks potentially harmful species spread from Japanese tsunami to American shores

Nearly 300 aquatic species have landed on American shores since the 2011 Japanese tsunami by hitching rides on manmade debris, according to a team of researchers from Portland State University and other institutions. 

Their findings about long-distance life rafting on debris and its impact on the environment were published in the Sept. 29 issue of the journal Science.

PSU Research Rounds Speaker Series, Dr. Marilyn Mackiewicz, "Using Tiny Pieces of Gold to Visualize STEM Cells that Repair Vision Loss"

In this first talk of the Research Rounds Speaker Series, Assistant Research Professor, Dr. Marilyn Mackiewicz will discuss the nanotechnologies she develops in the lab and how medical researchers are using those technologies in efforts to develop new therapies to treat Age-related Macular Degeneration.

Portland State study links cancerous toxins to cannabis extract

Researchers at Portland State University found benzene and other potentially cancer-causing chemicals in the vapor produced by butane hash oil, a cannabis extract. 

Their study raises health concerns about dabbing, or vaporizing hash oil – a practice that is growing in popularity, especially in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.

The Oregonian: PSU study shows butane hash oil releases carcinogens if heated to high temperatures

Read the original article in The Oregonian.

Vapors from butane hash oil - a marijuana extract commonly heated, vaporized and inhaled- could produce significant amounts of carcinogens when heated to high temperatures, according to a Portland State University study published Monday.

Portland State research in ancient forests show link between climate change and wildfires

Portland State researchers studying centuries-old trees in South America have found a tight correlation between wildfires and a warm weather fluctuation that has become more frequent in recent decades – and will continue to be more frequent as the climate warms.

Portland State laser mapping project shows landscape changes in Antarctica

(Portland, Ore.) August 9, 2017 – Portland State University researchers and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have publically released high-resolution maps of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, a globally unique Antarctic polar desert.

The PSU scientists led a team of researchers supported by the NSF to map the area using LIDAR technology. LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses pulsed laser beams to measure the Earth’s surface and make precision elevation maps.

Not all glaciers in Antarctica have been affected by climate change

A new study by scientists at Portland State University and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder has found that the effects of climate change, which are apparent in other parts of the Antarctic continent, are not yet observed for glaciers in the western Ross Sea coast.